Exhibition — Temporarily closed
Every year the Stedelijk and the Best Dutch Book Designs Foundation present the most outstanding book designs of the past twelve months. From a total of 262 submissions, the expert jury selected 33 titles which go on display on 30 September. Each was chosen for the excellence of its design, typography, binding, lithography, and balance of form and content. A selection of poetry, art, photography, and architecture books, as well as non-fiction and children's books, made the final cut. In addition to the 33 jury-selected designs, the exhibition also presents the student jury’s pick.
This year, the Stedelijk is adding an additional feature: a small tribute to graphic designer Anthon Beeke to mark the posthumous publication of his impressive photobook Amsterdam, Amsterdam, which was shelved for 30 years, and is part of the student jury's selection. The jury noted that the rise in book sales during the pandemic is continuing, indicating that the physical book as a tangible creation is alive and well. The object quality and physicality of the book was central to the jury's considerations. Components such as the tactile experience, the feel of the paper, the book’s weight and size, and the coherence between the exterior and interior all played a role. The volumes chosen exhibit attention to detail in design, experimental formats, unusual effects, with sleeves and cassettes – some more convincing than others.
ABOUT THE BEST DUTCH BOOK DESIGNS
The exhibition of The Best Dutch Book Designs has a long-standing tradition at the Stedelijk Museum. The inaugural presentation was mounted in 1932 and, with a few exceptions, has been held annually at the Stedelijk Museum ever since. The Dutch Best Verzorgde Boeken is the oldest contest of its kind in Europe to be judged by an expert jury.
Best Dutch Book Designs is made possible with the financial support of ASF, Pictoright Amsterdam, paper supplier Igepa Netherlands, Tiel and L. van Heek Textiles. BNO has been a partner for many years.
Composition: Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken and Thomas Castro (Stedelijk).